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Jesuit wins Champions League title

The roster may change, but the results remain the same. 

For the second straight season, Jesuit faced Wiregrass Ranch in the final of the Champions League. 

Once again, the Tigers prevailed, beating the Bulls 2-1. 

That was not the only tough opponent Jesuit had to get past to defend its title. In the semifinals, the Tigers beat rival Tampa Catholic 2-0. The Crusaders entered the match undefeated and national ranked. 

By winning the Champions League title — again — Jesuit remains undefeated (5-0) and has plenty of confidence as it tries to defend its Class 5A state title. 

Thursday

Scoreboard

Freedom 3, Lake Wales 2

Steinbrenner 6, King 0

Bayshore Christian 1, Universal Academy 1

Wharton 3, Wesley Chapel 0

Lennard 5, Armwood 2

Tampa Prep 2, Calvary Christian 0

Shorecrest 2, Mitchell 1

Durant 2, Plant 1

Cypress Creek 8, Zephyrhills 0

Leto 3, Chamberlain 0

Northside Christian 5, Lakeside Christian 0

St. Petersburg Catholic 5, Keswick Christian 3

Fivay 2, Gulf 0

Northeast 5, Pinellas Park 0

Osceola 9, Hollins 0

Prime time performers

F Jose Garcia-Calixtro, Sr., Lennard: Scored two goals and had an assist in a win over Armwood. 

MF Ryan Esajas, Jr., Fivay: Scored both of his team’s goals in a win over Gulf. 

F/MF Carlos Gonzalez, Sr., Leto: Scored two goals in a win over Chamberlain. 

F Jordan Peloubet, Sr., Tampa Prep: Assisted on both of the Terrapins’ goals in a win over Calvary Christian. 

MF Riley Pinney, Sr., Northeast: Led the Vikings in scoring with two goals and an assist in a win over Pinellas Park. 

MF Aidan Quinn, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Finished with two goals and an assist in a win over Chamberlain. 

F/MF Nate Ryan, Jr., Steinbrenner: Had two goals and an assist in a win over King. 

MF Jayden Walsh, Sr., Osceola: Scored a team-high three goals in a win over Hollins. 

Friday

Scoreboard

Cambridge Christian 7, Academy at the Lakes 1

Bell Creek Academy 3, Zephyrhills Christian 0

Bloomingdale 1, Riverview 1

Tampa Tech 2, Chamberlain 2

Plant 5, Jefferson 0

Robinson 1, Gaither 1

Plant City 9, Spoto 0

Lennard 10, Brandon 4

Sickles 9, Blake 0

Fivay 8, Hudson 0

Wharton 3, Armwood 0

Bradenton Saint Stephen’s 4, Indian Rocks Chrstian 3

Wiregrass Ranch 5, Carrollwood Day 0

Steinbrenner 3, Alonso 1

Tampa Prep 3, The Villages 3

Hillsborough 3, Middleton 1

Circle Christian 4, Seffner Christian 3

Strawberry Crest 2, Freedom 2

Crystal River 8, Central 0

Citrus 8, Central 0

Palm Harbor University 0, Seminole 0

Lakewood 3, South Sumter 0

Clearwater 3, Largo 2

Bradenton Christian 6, Northside Christian 1

Sunlake 5, Pasco 0

Nature Coast 5, Springstead 0

Weeki Wachee 3, Lecanto 1

Tampa Catholic 2, Clearwater Central Catholic 1

Prime time performers

MF Joe Anderson, Jr., Plant: Scored two goals in a win over Jefferson. 

F Jonathan Bohm, Sr., Fivay: Finished with a team-high four goals in a win over Hudson. 

MF Jeremy Caruso, So., Wiregrass Ranch: Had two goals and an assist in a win over Carrollwood Day. 

MF Jhonathan Herrera, So., Lennard: Led the Longhorns in scoring with three goals and an assist in a win over Brandon. 

D/GK Esteban Navarrete, Sr., Plant City: Scored two goals and had two assists in a win over Spoto. 

F/MF Yomar Peguero, Jr., Steinbrenner: Finished with two goals and an assist in a win over Alonso.

F Ronan Saligame, Sr., Hillsborough: Had a goal and an assist in a win over Middleton. 

F Ethan Sternberg, Sr., Sunlake: Led the Seahawks in scoring with two goals and two assists in a win over Pasco.  

D/MF Tristan Ruiz de Somocurcio, Jr., Tampa Prep: Scored two goals in a tie with The Villages.  

F/D Seth Tarbox, Sr., Weeki Wachee: Had a goal and two assists in a win over Lecanto. 

MF Estaban Vargas, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Recorded a goal and an assist in a win over Clearwater Central Catholic. 

Saturday

Scoreboard

Champions League semifinals

Jesuit 2, Tampa Catholic 0

Wiregrass Ranch 2, Mitchell 1

Champions League final

Jesuit 2, Wiregrass Ranch 1

Prime time performers

MF/F Greyson Canady, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Scored the Bulls lone goal in a championship match loss to Jesuit. 

MF George Carranza, Sr., Jesuit: Had a goal in a championship match win over Wiregrass Ranch. 

D/MF Christian Fairchild, Jr., Jesuit: Scored a goal in a semifinal win over Tampa Catholic and had an assist to help Wiregrass Ranch in the final. 

GK Phillip Falcon III, So., Jesuit: Recorded five saves to preserve a shutout in a semifinal win over Tampa Catholic. 

F Kellan Kirkpatrick-McMullan, Sr., Jesuit: Had a goal in a semifinal win over Tampa Catholic. 

F Joseph Ringewald, Sr., Jesuit: Scored a goal in a championship match win over Wiregrass Ranch. 

F/MF/D Brandon Robertson, Sr., Jesuit: Named MVP of the Champions League after his stellar play  in the semifinal against Tampa Catholic and final against Mitchell. 

D/MF Sammy Salas, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Led the Bulls with a goal and an assist in a semifinal win over Mitchell. 

F/MF Alec Santiago, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Finished with a goal in a semifinal win over Mitchell. 

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Marcello Valbuena named state boys soccer player of the year

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Tampa Catholic’s Marcello Valbuena, who led the Class 3A state champions in scoring, was named Mr. Soccer, the award given to the top boys player in the state by the Florida Dairy Farmers. 

Valbuena, named the 3A player of the year last week, received 12 of the 17 first place votes and had 134 points, 52 more than Fort Myers Canterbury’s McLaren Baggett, the 2A player of the year. 

This is the ninth time an area player has won the top overall honor in boys soccer. The last was Tampa Prep’s Shaddy Douidar in 2013. 

Valbuena, a senior forward, decided to play high school soccer for the first time this season after playing strictly at the club level. The University of Tampa signee finished with 36 goals and five assists. In the 3A state title match, Valbuena connected on two goals within an eight-minute span to give Tampa Catholic its first lead, one that would last the rest of the match to secure the Crusaders’ first state title in boys soccer. 

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Weeki Wachee’s Seth Tarbox named 4A player of the year

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Weeki Wachee’s Seth Tarbox, one of the area’s top playmakers, was named the Class 4A state player of the year in boys soccer by the Florida Dairy Farmers.

The senior forward teamed with Jacob Kelly to form a dynamic 1-2 punch for the Hornets. Kelly scored a team-high 33 goals, many of which were set up by Tarbox. 

Tarbox was adept at putting the ball through the net, too. The Warner signee finished with 25 goals and 25 assists to help Weeki Wachee advance to the region finals. 

The winners in each classification were selected through voting from a statewide panel of boys soccer coaches and media representatives. They are now eligible to be named the overall winner in the state, which will go through another round of voting and likely be announced next week.  

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Boys soccer: Jesuit unable to repeat as 5A state champions

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Winning a state title is difficult.

Repeating as a state champion is even more challenging. 

Graduation can take away key players. Complacency can take hold. Anything can happen. 

Jesuit’s boys soccer team knows. 

The Tigers, one of the area’s most storied programs, has won seven state titles, second locally behind Clearwater Central Catholic’s nine championships.  But only during a three-year stretch from 1997-99 was Jesuit to win those titles consecutively. 

That was the task the Tigers faced after taking home the 5A title last season. Jesuit said goodbye to 16 players who graduated, including Carson Bien, the 5A state player of the year. 

Losing that much talent off a roster would pose difficulties for any program. But Tigers always have reinforcements.

The newcomers filled in adequately. The holdovers took on bigger roles as leaders. The wins kept coming, so much Jesuit found itself in a familiar spot by making it back to Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand for Saturday’s 5A title match. 

But the Tigers could not hold on to a first half lead, falling in overtime to Belen Jesuit 2-1.

In the first half, Jesuit took the lead on a goal from Ty Cabbasa. Belen Jesuit answered early in the second half on a header from Aidan Miles to tie the match. 

It stayed that way through the end of regulation and one overtime period. 

In the second overtime, the Wolverines converted on a second-chance ball off a free kick to take the lead.

Jesuit tried to rally but could not get a shot to fall through the net that would have tied the match.

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